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Best Sherlock Holmes actor - poll

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lanokia, Feb 9, 2016.


Which actor portrayed Holmes the best?

  1. Benedict Cumberbatch

  2. Basil Rathbone

  3. Johnny Lee Miller [Elementary]

  4. Jeremy Brett

  5. Peter Cushing

  6. Robert Downey Jr

  7. Ellie Norwood

    0 vote(s)
  8. Arthur Wontner

    0 vote(s)
  9. Douglas Wilmer

    0 vote(s)
  10. Other

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    So I like Sherlock Holmes stories, TV shows and films... not an uber-fan or anything so don't ask me about the characterisation on page 7 of a Study in Scarlet ... but I enjoy them.

    Who is your favourite Holmes?

    And why?

    I like the old Basil Rathbone film, something quaint and fun about them [and a fair few on youtube]. Cumberbatch is decent enough, not seen Elementary. I suspect my parents would name Jeremy Brett.
    sabrinakat likes this.
  2. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I've read quite a few of the original Holmes stories, and think Jeremy Brett had it absolutely nailed, ably assisted by the production team who provided the period atmosphere.

    I didn't like the recent movies one bit. The Cumberbatch/Freeman TV reboot is interesting, and generally well done.
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  3. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

  4. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    The Downey Jr movies were very silly... some good stylistic choices in the filming but lacking much weight and depth.

    I haven't seen much of Brett's work to really judge.
  5. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I would have picked Jeremy if I could have chosen two.
  6. eggyspice

    eggyspice Occasional commenter

    Definitely Basil. All this other agenda, especially tinted landladies detracts from the plot.
  7. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    You can pick two.

    I set it to have two choices. Not sure why, I just figured one for TV and one for film.
    racroesus likes this.
  8. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

  9. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter

    Peter Cushing...... the aquiline nose..... fervent eyes..... lively demeanour but capability to lapse into a reverie.......

    I was always a keen Peter Cushing fan.
  10. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

  11. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    Jeremy Brett, with his patrician nose and air of superiority.

    Benedict Cucumberpatch because I think he is an alien.
  12. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    Peter Cushing was good. Douglas Wilmer did beeb version in the late 60s, not bad. Basil Rathbone did the character well, but the films were awful. Jeremy Brett, marvelous fruity luvvie voice and intense. Cumberdick Bendybatch ok, but I get bored with the convoluted plots and usually give up (Hobbitfeatures as Holmes is pathetic). Robert Downey Junior too showy and Hollywood.
  13. Vladimir

    Vladimir Senior commenter

    Jeremy Brett. Hands down!
  14. Odo

    Odo New commenter

    Clive Merrison from the BBC radio adaptions of the complete Holmes cannon. He just broght them to life, and his voice just is Holmes as I see him. He is the only actor to have played Holmes in adaptations of every single Conan Doyle short story and novel about the character.

    Michael Williams played a 'proper' Watson to.
  15. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    Basil was more of the period. Sherly was a faulty, complex character and Jeremy successfully portrayed more of that than I really wanted.
    Dragonlady30 likes this.
  16. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter

  17. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Hmmm not a Richard Roxburgh fan after seeing him in Moulin Rouge and Van Helsing.
  18. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Jeremy Brett.
  19. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Wondering if the popularity of Mr Brett is tied more to the age of posters than his talents...

    I say that innocently, I haven't really got an opinion on him either way.
  20. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I like the Cummerbund series but I think Johnny Lee Miller has also done well in a reimagining which focuses on the dysfunctional nature of Holmes. I think you need that edge to work against the otherwise insufferable smugness.

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